The brief section of this website is designed to provide practical examples of legal arguments. Each brief/petition has been filed on behalf of a juvenile defendant.
On March 1, 2005 in the case of Roper v. Simmons, the US Supreme Court, held in a 5-4 vote that the death penalty, as applied to those under eighteen years of age at the time of the crime, violates evolving standards of decency and is prohibited by the Eighth Amendment ban on "cruel and unusual punishment" of the US Constitution.
The page below consists of archived information.
For further information on the decision and context click here